At a joint press conference, both the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, highlighted "the strategic nature" of bilateral relations between the two countries, as was indicated by Mariano Rajoy, and that "Spain is a key partner in Europe", as stated by Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The President of the Government stressed that "we are facing a window of opportunity to extend our bilateral relations, since the increased internationalisation of Spanish companies and modernisation projects being implemented by Kazakhstan are taking place at the same time".
This visit, explained Mariano Rajoy, has helped fuel "increasing trade relations through the signing of important contracts of an increasing number of Spanish companies that have committed to Kazakhstan in such sectors as railways, urban management and the defence industry, among others".
These contracts include those signed between Talgo and the State railway company of Kazakhstan for a financing project for suburban trains; between Typsa and SL Astana LRT for the construction of a light railway and the design of a master plan for the city of Astana, as well as with MAXAM for the creation of another company to carry out the production of civilian explosive systems.
The President of the Government continued by saying that institutional ties have been strengthened through the signing of memoranda of understanding between Kazakh and Spanish institutions in areas such as foreign trade, the public administration services and education, including by the ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) and the INAP (Spanish Institute for the Public Administration Services).
Finally, Mariano Rajoy reported that he handed over a letter from His Majesty the King to the President of Kazakhstan.
When asked about the repercussions that the political situation in Italy could have on the Spanish economy, the President of the Government pointed out that Spain forms part of the European Union, and hence it is not alien from what happens in an EU country such as Italy.
Although he acknowledged that the risk premium has risen, he stressed that we are faced with figures significantly below those of 2012, that inflation stands at 0.3% and that "we are coming out of recession". Spain has a stable government with a majority that allows it to govern, the economy is improving and "we want it to improve even more", he added.
As regards the consultation in Catalonia, Mariano Rajoy said that "the government cannot accept anything that infringes legality" and called for "responsibility from all those of us who hold important posts in governing countries".
In his opinion, there are decisions that "only result in creating divisions, uncertainty and instability", which is why he has recommended that the consequences of any decision that are adopted should be thought through carefully because "mistakes have already been made, although there is still time to make gestures of greatness".
As regards the extradition to Kazakhstan of one of its citizens, Alexander Pavlov, the President of the Government explained that this matter had not been discussed with President Nazarbayev and that it is currently being dealt with in the Spanish National High Court, and hence that judicial independence must be respected.